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Northern Broadsides to Tour Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Winter's Tale Lauryn Redding, Mike Hugo & Jessica Dyas

Following the critical success earlier in the year with its production of King Lear, the acclaimed Yorkshire theatre company Northern Broadsides returns to the works of Shakespeare with a daringly theatrical and heartbreakingly human new staging of his tale of reconciliation, love and forgiveness – The Winter’s Tale.

Directed by and featuring Northern Broadsides’ Resident Director Conrad Nelson and created in partnership with Harrogate Theatre, the production will be at the Stephen Joseph Theatre from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 October.

The play opens on New Year’s Eve in 1999; the Millennium bells ring out with hope for the new century. But a lower, ominous note underscores these festivities and the characters are quickly plunged into darkness.

Seized by sudden, irrational jealousy King Leontes falsely accuses his pregnant Queen of infidelity with his closest friend, who flees without answering the accusation. Leontes then proclaims his newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives.

What follows is a beautiful and beguiling love story where the cold hand of winter gives way to the brightness and vibrancy of spring.

This will be the first time in the company’s 23 year history that it has staged The Winter’s Tale.

The Winter’s Tale’s excellent cast will feature director Conrad Nelson as Leontes in his first stage role for Northern Broadsides since his acclaimed performance as Iago opposite Lenny Henry in Othello in 2009.

Northern Broadsides is a unique theatre company with a true Northern voice. Their work is characterised by a high degree of theatrical inventiveness and robust performances from a large ensemble cast of multi-talented and charismatic northern actors who all perform in their natural voices. For the past 23 years, they have delighted audiences here and abroad with a growing classic repertoire which has won them many awards and a loyal following worldwide.

The Winter’s Tale can be seen at the SJT from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 October at 7.30pm each night except Thursday 22 when there will be an earlier 7pm performance, plus matinees on Thursday 22 at 1.30pm and Saturday 24 at 2.30pm. There will be a post-show Q&A on Tuesday 20 October. Tickets are priced from £10 to £24.50 and can be purchased via the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at
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